Includes FREE MP3
of this album.
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for 7.49
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available


Early Bird [CD]

Jay McShann Audio CD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
Price: 7.69 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
 : Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
   Does not apply to gift orders. See Terms and Conditions for important information about costs that may apply for the MP3 version in case of returns and cancellations.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Complete your purchase to add the MP3 version to your Amazon music library. Provided by Amazon EU S. r.l.
Buy the MP3 album for 7.49 at the Amazon Digital Music Store.

Amazon's Jay McShann Store


Image of album by Jay McShann


Image of Jay McShann
Visit Amazon's Jay McShann Store
for 54 albums, photos, discussions, and more.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product details

  • Audio CD (18 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spotlite
  • ASIN: B00004U69Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. I Found a New BabyJay McShann and His Orchestra & Charlie Parker 3:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Body and SoulJay McShann and His Orchestra & Charlie Parker 2:540.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Moten SwingJay McShann & His Orchestra 2:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. CoquetteJay McShann & His Orchestra 3:130.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lady Be GoodJay McShann & His Orchestra 3:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. BluesJay McShann & His Orchestra 3:130.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Honeysuckle RoseJay McShann & His Orchestra 3:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. CherokeeCharlie Parker & Jay McShann 2:520.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. You Say Forward, I'll MarchJay McShann & His Orchestra 3:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Lonely Boy BluesJay McShann & His Orchestra 2:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Vine Street BoogieJay McShann & His Orchestra 4:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Jump the BluesJay McShann & His Orchestra 3:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. One O'Clock Jump (Theme)Jay McShann & His Orchestra 1:330.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Bottle ItJay McShann & His Orchestra 2:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sweet Georgia BrownJay McShann & His Orchestra 2:500.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Wrap Your Troubles In DreamsJay McShann & His Orchestra 2:530.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. One O'Clock Jump (Theme)Jay McShann & His Orchestra 1:350.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

The dead sea scrolls of jazz - as described by Ross Russell in his informative and scholarly liners. Earliest recordings of the young Charlie Parker with Jay McShann for Station KFBI Wichita, Kansas, from 1940. Featuring Bernard 'Buddy' Anderson, Bob Gould, Gene Ramsey, Gus Johnson and others.

Also includes the track "Cherokee" an on location recording by Parker from Clark Monroe's Uptown House, 1941/2. With unidentified musicians.

Tracks 9-17 are from a 1943 recording of Jay McShann And His Orchestra, with the exact recording details and personnel unkown. But believed to include Paul Quinichette, Les Paul, Willie Cook, Gene Ramsey, Walter Brown, Alfonso Fook and others.

Product Description

I will ship by EMS or SAL items in stock in Japan. It is approximately 7-14days on delivery date. You wholeheartedly support customers as satisfactory. Thank you for you seeing it.

Customer Reviews

5 star
4 star
2 star
1 star
3.0 out of 5 stars
3.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A curate's egg! 1 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The leaflet provided with this CD trumpets the recordings as a vital part of jazz history. The claim is justified for the first eight tunes, recorded in 1940, are supposedly the earliest recordings attributed to the legendary Charlie Parker. It is therefore a great pity that the sound quality should be so very poor. In an age when so much can be done the conclusion must be that there has been absolutely no attempt at re-mastering and the impression remains that the CD is simply a lift from the LP. The sound still retains all the creaks and hisses associated with an elderly 78. The ever present background noise greatly detracts from a proper appreciation of Parker's dominant solo work and the contribution of the Jay McShann Orchestra

The last nine tunes, recorded in 1943, although far from perfect have a far better sound quality and provide a good indication of the Kansas sound of the then Jay McShann outfit. The band has a certain feel of Count Basie about it and "One o'Clock Jump" is used as a theme. There is however a marked difference in the contrasting styles of the piano playing of the two band leaders. McShann's robust style is given an ample outing including the splendid "Vine Street Boogie". The personnel is uncertain but is believed to include Paul Quinchette (tenor) and Gene Ramey (bass). Gus Johnson (drums) is listed as being present on the 1940 recordings.

Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't swing if you don't know Jay McShann 17 May 2004
By Tony Thomas - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is really a great Jay McShann album. We do here a lot of solos by Charlie Parker who was the chief soloist in McShann's orchestra in the early 1940s. However, what shines here is McShann's band, his arrangements, his piano playing.
That is great, With his big band having so few recordings because of the recording band during WWII, it is great we have these additional recordings of his big 17 piece band including Yardbird Parker. Moreover, on some of the live cuts, particularly the Savoy Ballroom pieces, you have an electricity and interplay with the audience you won't hear even on his terrific studio recordings. By the time that regular recording had begun again, Bird had left the band, and McShann had reduced his outfit from a big swing band to small combos featuring his piano and a series of blues singers.
This is a collection features a number of air checks (recordings of radio broadcasts) from 1940 and 1941 as the Jay McShann Orchestra with its chief soloist and sax section leader Charlie Parker, toured the country. There are also a number of higher quality recordings that that come from Jubilee--a Jazz oriented program produced for Black soliders and sailors by the Armed Forces Radio Service duing WWII. There are several even higher quality cuts that come from Victory Disks--special records artists made for free that were sent to the troops in World War II.
My favorite part of this CD are the air check recordings from a performance of the band at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. In case you are not properly educated, the Savoy was "The Home of Happy feet," THE TOTAL AND ULTIMATE CAPITAL AND CAPITOL OF THE SWING ERA'S MUSIC SCENE.
This is the band's first exposure to the New Yorkers and their first national radio performance on the old Blue Network (the Trust busters decided that NBC was too powerful over the airwaves so the broke it in two. The new entity was called the Blue Network until it changed its name to ABC). You hear the folks just go wild over the opportunity to dance to the beat of McShann's great swing band. You hear them swooning and break into an ovation after the great Al Hibbler sings his mellow romantic song. In true Blues people style,the Harlemites shout back at Walter Brown when testifys in his blues number. At the time Brown's blues with the McShann band were selling hundreds of thousands of copies in Black communities across the country.
Of course it is great to hear the solos that Charlie Parker takes. One thing to note is that Charlie Parker was also the leader and drill sergeant for the reed section. If you are an aficiando of big band music, you will realize that the Bird really knew how to run his section. McShann has said that Parker was very strict with his players. His section is nuanced, on time, and plays very fluidly whether its assignments are lead or backup, sweet or hot.
Last but not least, the piano playing of Jay McShann really makes everything work. He not only leads the group with a steady rhythm and great cues as Basie did, but when the band quiets down to let him play with the rhythm section Hootie plays a whole lot more piano than Basie ever did.

This is one of those CDs that despite its poor sound quality on the air check cuts, you tend to keep on the CD player for more than one spin.

BTW Now (2004) in his mid-90,s Jay McShann is still singing the blues, still playing piano, and still inspiring all the good vibes that you hear on this CD. Check out his many other CDs.
Was this review helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for similar items by category